As always, I am super thankful to the FFBC and all who were involved in allowing me to read an ARC of this book and to be a part of the tour. Please click the banner above to see the other stops!
Warning spoilers ahead!!
Author: Elana K. Arnold
Pub. Date: February 25th 2020
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: YA, Retellings, Fairy Tale
Pages: 368 pages
ELANA K. ARNOLD is the author of critically acclaimed and award-winning young adult novels and children’s books, including the Printz Honor winner Damsel, the National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of, and Global Read Aloud selection A Boy Called Bat and its sequels. Several of her books are Junior Library Guild selections and have appeared on many best book lists, including the Amelia Bloomer Project, a catalog of feminist titles for young readers. Elana teaches in Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program and lives in Southern California with her family and menagerie of pets.
You are alone in the woods, seen only by the unblinking yellow moon. Your hands are empty. You are nearly naked.
And the wolf is angry.
Since her grandmother became her caretaker when she was four years old, Bisou Martel has lived a quiet life in a little house in Seattle. She’s kept mostly to herself. She’s been good. But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds herself running for her life over roots and between trees, a fury of claws and teeth behind her. A wolf attacks. Bisou fights back. A new moon rises. And with it, questions. About the blood in Bisou’s past and on her hands as she stumbles home. About broken boys and vicious wolves. About girls lost in the woods—frightened, but not alone.
Elana K. Arnold, National Book Award finalist and author of the Printz Honor book Damsel, returns with a dark, engrossing, blood-drenched tale of the familiar threats to female power—and one girl’s journey to regain it.
On first glance I really enjoyed Red Hood. I loved the idea of a retelling of a story that I hadn’t heard retold many times before. If you would ask me immediately after reading the book what my reading would be it would have been a four and a half or five even. Having powerful females that aren’t afraid of who they are and have defending themselves is such an important thing for women of all ages in their books.then one day I read another review of the book to see if people loved it as much as I did. this person didn’t love as much as I did because they felt that it put all of the power of women as a connection to their periods. Which can be taken as an exclusion of trans women. They also pointed out that we never got to learn why some men are wolves and some men aren’t or even how they change or what was. it also never explains why the main character and the grandma had the power but the her mom didnt. it really made me think about the book in a different way and even though I still enjoy it I wouldn’t give it a five star rating anymore.
But that doesn’t mean that I don’t like this book because I still do I like the friendships the family and how it did talk about domestic abuse and what that can be like for people and how that can end of you are isolated. And also some are the important topic of getting an abortion when your partner doesn’t agree with you. I’m not sure if I should share this here but I personally believe the decision of the person that’s pregnant. You absolutely should talk about it with your partner and you’re the one that’s going to have to struggle with all of the things that come with pregnancy and the recovery.
At the end of the day and I think I would bring this book at 3 and a half or four Star book. I talked about a lot of important topics I just wish that some of them have been handled a little better.
Prize: Win a copy of RED HOOD By Elana K. Arnold (US ONLY)
Runs February 18th 2020 to March 3rd 2020